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Obama Wants At Least A Small Troop Presence In Afghanistan

President Obama made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday — his first since 2012. Since that time, U.S. troop levels there have been cut by about two-thirds.
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It's Geithner Vs. Warren In Battle Of The Bailout

Former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says the 2008 bank bailout worked well. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says it taught bankers to be reckless because the risks are on taxpayers. Vote for who is right.
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Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Keep Up Their Winning Streak

Following court decisions this past week, Oregon and Pennsylvania became the 18th and 19th states to recognize gay marriage. Only North Dakota has a ban in place that's not under legal challenge.
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Conservatives Brainstorm To Win Voters In The Middle

Election watchers say Republicans could take control of the Senate in 2014, but to guarantee a win, some conservatives are floating ideas to broaden the party's appeal to the middle class.
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Gastrodiplomacy Gives Foreign Chefs A Fresh Take And Taste Of America

The State Department has a new exchange program for culinary professionals. A delegation from the Middle East and Africa recently discovered there's more to American cuisine than fast food.
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Putin Says He'll Respect Ukraine Vote But U.S. Is Skeptical

The White House and State Department have called on the Russian leader to use his influence to stop separatists from disrupting Sunday's election.
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Court Orders Conyers Back On Ballot

Rep. John Conyers got off to a good start on his holiday weekend with a federal court's decision preventing Michigan officials from throwing him off the primary ballot.
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A Year On, What's Changed (And What Hasn't) On Drone Oversight

A year ago, President Obama defended using drones to target terrorism suspects overseas and offered a rationale for reining in the program. Where do things stand on efforts to impose constraints?
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House-Approved USA Freedom Bill Disappoints Original Supporters

A year after President Obama urged for more safeguards for civil liberties in intelligence collection, the House passed new guidelines. But civil liberties watchdogs say they no longer support it.
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Obama Taps San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro For HUD Secretary

Castro would take over the Department of Housing and Urban Development at a time when the nation's housing market has been treading water.

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